Chase Sexton inherits Detroit Supercross win, loses points with penalty Final 2023 Twelve Hours of Sebring results: No. 31 Cadillac rebounds for win after mishap
Chase Sexton was set to score significant points from Eli Tomac in the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross, but he was poised to settle for second until a freak accident wiped out Aaron Plessinger’s four-second lead on the final lap. After the race, Sexton was penalized for jumping on a red cross. He will keep the victory, but he already has seven championship points.
Early in the night, Plessinger got ahead of Adam Cianciarulo and was on his way to victory when his toe ran into the dirt and pulled him off his bike. Plessinger tried to grab onto the handlebars, but a violent fall sent him and his damaged bike from first to 13th in the final run.
“It hurts,” Plessinger told NBC Sports journalist Jason Thomas. “This is very painful. I rode so well. I didn’t stay in this rut the whole bike. I sat down and put my leg out, and one day I thought it was okay to get up, but she caught my leg and tore me off the bike.
“I couldn’t believe it, flying through the air like that. … It was a strong blow. I tried to get up, but the bike was smoking. I could probably finish, but it hurts. We’ll get back in the saddle and go back there to Seattle.”
Plessinger was on track for his first career win and second podium of the season.
RESULTS: How they finished the 450 Main in Detroit
Chase inherited the top spot after seeing the lead crash, but it was a circumstance that Sexton knows only too well after crashing while battling for the lead in several races this season.
“Honestly, I’ve been in this position way too many times,” Sexton told Will Christien. “I was upset to see Aaron fall. I was quite far behind in the roundabout, but I drove confidently through the entire Main Event. I came from probably eighth place and squeezed ahead. I needed it. This is a big win for me. I’ve had some tough races and this one means a lot.”
With the fall of Plessinger the three main contenders for the 2023 Supercross Championship finished 1-2-3 for the fifth time this year.but this was the first time all three were embroiled in such an intense battle in the middle stages of a race, with Webb and Tomac switching places as Sexton roared across the field.
Cooper Webb finished second and extended his points lead over Tomac to three as the season kicks off in Seattle next week.
“Crazy race,” Webb said. “A lot of fights, we were fine, and then there was an incident with the red cross and Chase was able to leave. I just relaxed. I thought there would be a penalty [on Chase]. I was just in my race, I had a slight lead over Eli and I was just smarter.”
Sexton was the first to jump under the red cross midway through the race. Sexton believed Dean Wilson’s crash was dealt with when the driver got up and returned to racing. His victory comes with the knowledge that penalties could still be ahead.
Tomac recovered from a disappointing race last week when he posted his worst finish of the season in eighth place. Before the race, he revealed that he was struggling with a neck strain in Indianapolis, which continued to be a factor in Detroit.
“I was in a pretty good position there and just made a bad lane choice in a 90-degree turn right in front of the table top and left the door open for Cooper,” Tomac said. “It was a variable part of the race, just falling behind that group again.”
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot and quickly took the lead before eventually dropping to eighth.
Here are the results of the Main Event round 250 and 450 🔟 in Detroit 📋 #SupercrossLIVE #SuperMotocross pic.twitter.com/CMgVuZEaZd
Supercross Live! (@supercrosslive) March 19, 2023
Hunter Lawrence led from the start and held him until the end on his way to victory in his fifth race in 2023 and 10th of his career. With this victory, he is tied with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time win list in the week before the 250 West riders hit the track next week in Seattle.
With five wins and a third win in six races this season, Lawrence is moving away from competitors who have each had their fair share of mistakes.
“It was cool,” Lawrence said from the podium. “I love a good win, but I think the real winners tonight are these crazy Detroit fans. It’s cold there. It’s freezing and everyone just shut up.”
Nate Thrasher ran from flag to flag and it looked like he could put some pressure on Lawrence. He finished 7.6 seconds back.
“We’re off to a good start, but when you’re chasing a guy like that, you need to take a holeshot,” Thrasher said. “Today he ran well, thanks to him, but we will continue to fight and hopefully be on top soon.”
Click here to see the full 250 top results.
Thrasher’s strong run, combined with Max Anstie’s crash, saw him move up to second in the standings.
Deegan finished third with five and a half minutes left on the clock and scored his second career podium in his sixth start.
“I just sent him there,” Deegan said. “I like to go up to the podium like this.”
But there was a lot of drama in the 250 Heat 1 race. Deegan stepped forward quickly, but Jordon Smith tracked him down and swept past.
Deegan had an inside line and led Smith up the track, and for the next few corners, Deegan rode Smith high in every turn until Smith finally got fed up and crashed into the back of Deegan’s motorcycle. Smith lost in this quarrel and crashed.
Two more crashes in the heat sealed his fate and sent Smith to LCQ, where Smith stalled on his bike due to heavy traffic. Somehow he did remarkably well in the fight for the last transfer place of fourth. At the last corner, he tried to get next to Jack Chambers, but there was not enough room for him and he crashed into Tough Blox.
“It was a racing incident,” Deegan said of his run-in with Smith. “He is my teammate; we are cool. Sorry if that’s what you guys think, I’m a bit rough but I’m just having fun and friction is a race so let’s go baby.”
At the post-race press conference, Deegan continued to downplay the incident.
Max Anstey entered Detroit second in the standings with 22 points by Lawrence. He crashed on the first lap and damaged his bike, eventually crashing out of the race with the damaged bike. He dropped to fifth in the standings and is now 47 points behind the leader with four races remaining.
Results of the race in 2023
Indianapolis: Ken Roczen wins first win in over a year
Daytona: Eli Tomac extends Daytona record with seventh win
Arlington: Cooper Webb wins second time as he closes in on two Tomacs
Oakland: Tomac equals Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Webb scores first win of 2023
Houston: Tomac recovers from A2 crash to win third race of 2023
Anaheim 2: Triple Crown Produces New Winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Tomac and Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins first game for the first time
More Supermotocross Reports
Detroit in numbers
How to watch the Detroit Supercross
Bobby Piazza picks up speed in Detroit
Scott Meshi lives a life of purpose
Ashley Fiolek creates a unique community
Ken Roczen talks about Indy’s dramatic win at title 24
Results and points after Indy
Pipo Derani won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for the fourth time on Saturday night, leading the Saturday night total with co-drivers Jack Aitken and Alexander Sims as Action Express Racing inherited the win. after the crash in the top three less than 20 minutes left.
The No. 31 Cadillac started from pole but hopped all over the GTP field in the 12-hour attrition race at Sebring International Raceway.
Aitken, an Action Express endurance racer, was running fourth when Wayne Taylor Racing crashed both Porsche Penske Motorsport entrants.
Acura WTR driver Filipe Albuquerque tried to squeeze inside Mathieu Jaminet to take the lead, but Jaminet had to swerve low to avoid the roundabout and contact with Albuquerque knocked the Acura off the track.
RESULTS: Click here for the final overall finishing order. l Click here for a class breakdown.
Albuquerque went through a grassy corner and returned to the race track, only to crash right into Jamina. This caused a multi-car crash involving Felipe Nasr, who came third in the second run of Porsche Penske Motorsport.
Aitken, a British Formula One driver and reserve driver, completed the Action Express win with his second career IMSA sports car.